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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1979-11-05

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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1979-11-05

Topics David Minches

disc 1:

Set 1:
China Cat Sunflower->
I Know You Rider
Friend Of The Devil
El Paso
Stagger Lee
The Music Never Stopped

disc 2:

Set 2:
Easy To Love You
Eyes Of The World * ->
Estimated Prophet->
Franklin's Tower->

disc 3:
Lost Sailor->
Saint Of Circumstance->
Sugar Magnolia
E: Casey Jones

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source Unknown Taper; Recorded with 3 Nak 300s> Nak 550 2nd Generation Audience Cassette provided by Gordon Sharpless
Lineage Transfer and FLAC encoding by David Minches: 2nd Generation Cassette played back on Nak Dragon> Grace Lunatec V3 (24/96)> Digital Audio Labs Card Deluxe> Adobe Audition 2.0> (dither/downsample)> FLAC encoding
Taped by Unknown
Transferred by David Minches


Reviewer: geoson - - November 5, 2015
Subject: Asterisk*
I just love it* when there's an asterisk next to a song (eyes), and then no explanation anywhere. Was there a guest? If you're taking the time to place an asterisk could you please also include why it's tgere?
Reviewer: mid-maine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2013
Subject: Good Peaks
Whether you are an adherent of '72-'74, an aficionado of '77, a closet '76 head, a bombastic '83-'85 hound, there's no denying the mystery of '79. In April of '79, at Spartan Stadium, a new GD was born. How could they turn corners this quickly? The catalog has a few new additions, Alembic restructured their sound, and then WHAM!, a great leap forward into a new sound.

It's amazing to consider that one year previous to this fall tour was '78 GD, and it sounds like an almost entirely different band. Of course, this new sound would congeal into 1980. In '79, though, they're still taking it out for a spin and seeing what it will do. As a result, there are SNAFUs akimbo. Who cares, though? I like my Dead warts and all. Considering that '74 was only five years previous, it's no wonder that acolytes drink from the '70s decade as thoroughly as we do.

The greatest flub of all in this has to be the Franklin's. Jerry just can't find the hook, and he almost seems relieved to veer off into the nethers at the end. What the heck, though; sometimes, that's how new frontiers are discovered.

While others laud Cap Cod, my money's on Oakland 12-28 for top shelf 1979. There are so many good ones to choose from though, that I'm not really counting.
Reviewer: Cozmic Craig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2012
Subject: Eyes of the World
Unbelievable Eyes as well as the rest of the show. The Eyes has an early 70's patience and development AND we get Brent instead of the late 70's Keith and Donna. I love the thick boards. 79 was a crossroads year and produced some phenomenal music and this is a prime example.Very worth the download whether you are a 70's OR 80's snob. It is "good for all."
Reviewer: deadheadNate - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2010
Subject: Not to miss show....Do your mind a favor and download
Spirit and soul is on display here... This is a knock out show! I almost forgot it was an AUD most of the time! High-powered china/rider, a totally Jerry peggy-o, tear-jerking FOTD and a great Althea to kick off the second set.

The eyes> estimated> Franklins will get your bones shaking, so much beauty on this set of tracks, definitely shows that the Dead were on their game in 79'. Phenomenal sugar mag to end the show. What more can be said? Get this show and start dancing!
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2010
Subject: 49 of 50 Stars
Rocking and impeccable versions of hot 1 & 2 sets; hence the hopped-up rating. This is a personal favorite.

If this show isn't already a Dick's Picks or some such other GDP marketing device then it should be.

I would buy this show, as is, if offered, but it is nice that it is free. Thank you Archives and thank you Archive supporters.
Reviewer: phreakod98 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 25, 2010
Subject: Excellent
I'm just getting into the audience taped dead shows after being a fan for a long time, and this one is definitely a winner. Great sound quality and this show just blows my mind, the first set is good but the second set really takes it to the next level. This has one of my favorite versions of Lost Sailor, everyone is just so tight and together on this one.
Reviewer: Wally Gator - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2010
Subject: DUDE!!!
If you pay attention to the Archives, you'll occassionaly stumble across a GEM like this one.
Reviewer: DianaW - - November 5, 2009
Subject: Bliss
This show is bliss.
Reviewer: jglynn1.2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2009
Subject: This is Killer
Very Very good AUD of an exceptional '79 performance

Lots of good energy here right from the get-go!
Reviewer: AUD Snob - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2009
Subject: Location of taper
I have this tape as well.
Mine is also a 2nd GEN.
The location notes are 12th row center FOB.
Reviewer: thebone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2009
Subject: Mellow, yet Rockin'
This is a beautiful, extremely well-played show that has many highlights. Favorites include great versions of China>Rider, Music, and Sugar Mags; however, the killer is the nearly hour long Eyes>Estimated>Franklin's>Jam that is totally off the chain.
Reviewer: SausageKingOf Chicago - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2008
Subject: Holy set 2 opening!!
Been lovin' me some Fall '79 recently and this one does not disappoint. A crushing Eyes>Estimated>Franklin's highlights this hot Brent on Jerry action!
Reviewer: TwinD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2008
Subject: This is the one you want
This little gem sat virtually uncirculated until around 1996 or 97 when it was treed in a digital format via However shortly after that, the soundboard appeared and this aud regrettably disappeared.

Well, thanks to the two named individuals (Minches, Sharpless) this fabulous recording is again available to the world. Do enjoy.
Reviewer: shennygolfer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2008
Subject: Finally!!
This is the tape! It's finally here in all its' glory. Jams galore. Do yourself a favor, download.
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